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Taking Submissions: Snafu

December 1, 2013


Submission Period(note not yet open but plenty of time to get a head start): September 1, 2013 until December 1, 2013
Payment: 3 cents/word (semi-pro) and a contributor copy of every format that is released


An anthology of military sci-fi/horror.

SNAFU will be an anthology of military sci-fi horror novellas and short stories.

Bioweapons unleashed, mutations, ancient species unearthed in lost caverns deep within the earth… and the soldiers who fight them. You get the drift?
We have solicited novellas from some of the biggest names in the business, and this is your chance to appear alongside them.
There will be approximately 60,000 words taken up with novellas by the solicited authors, so we are looking for three or four short stories via the submission process to fill the rest of the wordcount up to about 80,000.

James A Moore – James A. Moore is the award winning author of over twenty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels, Cherry Hill and Smile No More.

We are looking for stories that take the standard military thriller and inject some horror, whether it be bioweapons, creatures from another planet or dimension, or anything that you can imagine.
We want action-filled, plot-driven tales that carry the reader along for the ride.
Think Jonathan Maberry, Greig Beck, Warren Fahy, and Weston Ochse (SEAL Team 666 series).

Think Dog Soldiers, Predator, or Alien.

If you haven’t read Jonathan Maberry or Greig Beck, or SEAL Team 666 or Fragment, then what are you waiting for? Get reading.
Submission period – September 1, 2013 until December 1, 2013
Payment – 3 cents/word (semi-pro) and a contributor copy of every format that is released
Length – 3,000 to 7,000 words (if your story is longer or shorter, contact us first. We’re willing to look, on a case-by-case basis)
PLEASE NOTE: if your story sits outside our word limits and you haven’t contacted us first to check that this is okay, we will delete it without reading it.

Follow these guidelines when submitting to us:
Please put your full contact details on the first page of the manuscript.
Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
Courier or Times New Roman; 12pt; italics as they will appear. No underlining.
Double spaced.

DO NOT use tab or spacing to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only.
Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript (yes, it’s here twice, because it’s important).
For a guide to standard submission format, see http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html.
The only variation to this format is that italics MUST appear as they will be used; no underlining.
Stories that fail to follow these requirements will be deleted without being read, so please don’t ruin your chances.

Submittable (preferred submission method) coming soon.
Email submissions should be sent as an attachment via email as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.
Name your file thus: SNAFU_”name”_”submission title”, using an underscore to separate all words.
Write SNAFU: “Submission Title” in the subject line of the email.
Please include your full contact details (postal address, e-mail, phone number) as well as word count in the body of your email AND on the top of the first page of your manuscript (as per Shunn’s guide), and send your submission to:
[email protected]

Authors will be notified of their standing no later than two weeks after the submission period ends.
If you have heard nithing back four weeks after the end, please contact via [email protected] with subject line query_SNAFU.

[via: Cohesion Press.]


December 1, 2013